On November 4, we got up early again for a morning safari of the Ngorongoro Crater (which covers 260 square kilometers or 100 square miles) before heading back to Arusha. I really enjoyed the safaris in both the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater - the photo opportunities were just amazing! Not as many warthogs in the crater but plenty of lions. The landscape was just as beautiful.
|View of the crater as we descend
|And what animal do we first see? It's a little hard to tell but it's a warthog!
|This still doesn't quite capture the endless land in front of us
|Paul is impressed
|Getting ready to find more animals!
|Lots of wildebeest
|Pretty much as far as the eye can see...
|We spotted a pride of lions (and a jackal) enjoying some morning buffalo
|The lions allow the jackal to take a few bites here and there but don't ever allow the hyenas to get close
|But the hyenas are always lurking about
|Safari Paul searching for more animals
|You can get a sense of the vastness of the crater with the kori bustard in the photo
|Fastest land bird - can go as fast as 70km/hr (43mph) - I want to ride one...
|His eye looks scary
|Lone ostrich looking both ways before crossing the road
|Hippos grazing in the distance
|Looks like a harmless puppy...
|Lion on the prowl
|Mr. Lion was not happy with one of his females
|Still on the prowl
|We were hoping she was either going to mate with the male or kill something - neither happened
|I think she heard something in the bushes
|This is what it basically looks like when one vehicle spots an animal
|This lone wildebeest should really be careful
|There were tons of them
|Pelicans, hippos, impalas, and cranes
|Just enjoying the sun
|They all just follow each other - the line of them from this distance make them look like ants!
|Here's a close up of the line of wildebeest where you can see the flamingoes in the background too
|Kicking up dust!
|We spotted more lions walking towards us
|This is how close one of them got!
|Another pair walking towards us
|It was hot so they were walking quite slow
|The female spotted some poop to sniff
|And of course the first thing she does is roll around in it - wouldn't you?
|"Ugh, not again, she always embarrasses me like this!"
|That's how close we were!
|Walking towards us...
|I was worried about this lone wildebeest
|Paul is showcasing the wildebeest to his left
|Zebra and two grey-crowned cranes
|Zebras and wildebeest hanging out
|He popped his head up long enough for me to snap a shot with his eyes and nose above the water
|That was about the most activity I got out of this one
|Bye Ngorongoro Crater...last shot of the zebras as we drive away